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Intellectually , Hardy was very much an advanced man of his time . That he was a
pessimist seems to me to need no proof . But reading his work one can scarcely
fail to see him as a soul naturally Christian . This involves no contradiction ; as ...
These great poetic and heroic scenes are exactly what compose the design that
lies behind Hardy's other novels and gives them their ' sense of timelessness .
One can't say that design , as opposed to plot , is absent from Jude , but it is much
But he is regional in a different way from that of Hardy . Hardy was of Wessex and
remained of Wessex , as Bennett was never of the Five Towns . For Hardy ,
Wessex was a microcosm of the universe , and we accept it as such . But for
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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